On January 9, ValleyCare Charitable Foundation and Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center will present the next ValleyCare Speaker Series: “The Aftermath of Stroke: Improving What Goes Right and Preventing What Goes Wrong,” with Marion Buckwalter, MD, PhD. Dr. Buckwalter, who has over 65 publications, including journal articles and conference proceedings, has also presented at the World Economic Forum. She has worked as an ICU neurologist at Stanford, caring for stroke patients and serving as co-investigator on over 50 clinical stroke studies. Drawing on her decades of experience, Dr. Buckwalter will discuss her research on neuroinflammation and stroke recovery, and review ongoing studies.
In March 2019, Dr. Buckwalter and her colleagues published findings that transient changes in the numbers and activation levels of a handful of circulating immune cell types can predict the likelihood of dementia one year after a stroke. “Being able to identify, early on, patients who are at risk for dementia is a first step toward figuring out how to treat those at-risk patients,” she said.
Dr. Marion Buckwalter is Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. She is also Deputy Director of Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University and co-founder of the Stanford Stroke Recovery Program. The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute is dedicated to understanding how the brain gives rise to mental life and behavior, both in health and in disease. Their research community draws from and informs multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, medicine, engineering, psychology, education, and law. The Stanford Stroke Recovery program is dedicated to improving the function and quality of life of stroke survivors. The program aims to bridge the barriers between neuroscience, engineering, and clinical research, to develop new therapies for stroke survivors. Their multidisciplinary team of scientists is constantly innovating to develop and test new treatments that will improve gait, arm function, and cognition after stroke. In addition to advancing research in the field of stroke recovery, the Stanford Stroke Recovery Program has a strong clinical neurological rehabilitation program that serves stroke patients from the Bay Area and beyond.
Dr. Buckwalter is the Principal Investigator of Buckwalter Lab. Her laboratory’s goal is to improve how people recover after a stroke. They use basic research to understand the cells, proteins, and genes that lead to successful recovery of function. The lab also studies how complications impacting quality of life develop after a stroke. Ongoing projects are focused on understanding how inflammatory responses are regulated after a stroke and how to improve and expedite stroke recovery. With their collaborator Frank Longo, MD, PhD, they have discovered a new drug that improves the speed and degree of recovery when mice are given the drug three days after stroke. Developing it in animals to a point where trials can be conducted in humans is a top priority.
“There are millions of stroke survivors currently living with disabilities that prevent them from walking, feeding themselves, or communicating with their loved ones,” said Shaké Sulikyan, Executive Director of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. “It is comforting to know that Dr. Buckwalter and her team are working to bridge the current knowledge gap about the mechanisms by which neurological recovery occurs and helping to develop FDA-approved therapies to aid people recovering from stroke. We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Buckwalter to the Tri-Valley to learn more about her research and what the future may hold for improving outcomes for stroke survivors.”
The ValleyCare Speaker Series will continue in May. In “The Rise of Superbugs and Vaccine-Preventable Infections” on May 7, Dr. Jake Scott will focus on the alarming increase in the number of antibiotic-resistant organisms causing infection and what doctors, patients, and society can do to stem the rising tide of these superbugs. Co-Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, Dr. Scott will also discuss common misconceptions and issues related to vaccines and infectious diseases.
To purchase tickets for Dr. Buckwalter’s presentation on January 9, visit lvpac.org or call the box office at 925-373-6800.